It came as a surprise to my friends and family (and, to be honest, to myself) when I picked this book up; after all, marriage isn’t a part of my personal life nor have I any interest in Tori Spelling, her husband or his ex.
Then why did I pick it up, you might wonder? Well, it was the promise that this book was not to be a tale of anger and resentment, but rather a witty yet deep reflection on the conditions that created the divorce and how women everywhere can get over a one, however bad it is. Now this I’m sure you’re not surprised to read piqued my curiosity, all the more that, quite unfortunately, I do have friends of all ages going through divorces right now. So I figured I might understand a little more about their plight and learn how to help them by reading this book.
Then again, it might also have something to do with the tag line: “My husband left me for Tori Spelling… (and you thought your divorce sucked!)” Who really knows?
I didn’t know much about the Mary Jo/Dean/Tori story, other than he left his wife of many years after an affair with Tori during the filming of a movie, then these two got married and had a reality TV show that didn’t do too well, and there is a baby somewhere in there, too. I wasn’t too certain if I needed background information on what happened between these three before plunging into this book. Then I figured that most people probably knew as much if not less than I do, and so decided to keep the plains of my mind free from information pertaining to the situation and focusing on reading the book.
I’m glad I didn’t waste my time surfing tabloids, because I don’t want to take the time to do that, and in all honeslty, you really don’t need to know anything about the situation other than what Mary Jo herself presents. Granted, it’s probably biased, but she does a great job of being relatively detached from what Dean & Tori did to her to remain focused on what this book is all about.
After all, Divorce Sucks is part of the Sucks series, and no, it has nothing to do with vampires or Twilight (I know, it’s hard from some of you to believe that not everything has to do with Twilight, but there you have it). This series of many titles include the following, which I am very tempted to pick up: Pregnancy Sucks for Men (because it doesn’t for women?), Potty Training Sucks and Dating Sucks.